Atlanta: Playing ‘That’s My House’ in Buckhead

Sunny days – everybody loves them.

Tell me, baby, can you stand the rain? 

– New Edition

New Edition, the ’80s/‘90s R&B group posed a great question in their hit song, “Can You Stand the Rain”. While they asked that question in relation to love and the storms that couples learn to weather together, the same question bears asking in connection with traveling. Sure, everybody loves a sunny day of travel when the weather is perfect and there’s not a rain cloud in sight. But what about those rainy travel days? Can you stand them?

On my recent trip to Georgia, it rained. A lot. From the moment my plane landed, throughout my entire stay in Atlanta, and throughout our entire drive to Savannah, it rained. In fact, it didn’t stop raining until we actually reached Savannah where the weather was picture perfect. But pre-Savannah, while in Atlanta, we couldn’t seem to catch a break from the rain. It didn’t bother me because I’ve been to Atlanta so many times and I’ve seen so much of the city. Plus, I was there to visit my family, so I didn’t really care too much about sightseeing.

Still, I didn’t want to be cooped up in my cousin’s apartment all day, so we decided to get some air. While driving around, she asked if I wanted to house gawk in Buckhead – an activity I never tire of. For those of you who don’t know, Buckhead is a district in Atlanta where the uber wealthy live. In 2011, Buckhead was ranked as the second wealthiest zip code in the South following Palm Beach, FL. Think of it as the Beverly Hills of Atlanta.

Anyway, our house gawking turned into a game of ‘That’s My House’ where you drive past houses and claim them for yourself. There are no winners or losers, and the only aim is to spot houses that are bigger and better than the last. And while you can play this game whether rain or shine, a game of ‘That’s My House’ is the perfect way to spend a rainy day of travel – especially when you’re in a city that has homes as awesome as Buckhead’s.

So we drove by and snapped photos (a bit tacky, I know), careful not to be too conspicuous. There are houses even bigger and badder than the ones photo’d here, but they were set way off the road and I haven’t invested in a powerful zooming lens just yet. But of these, which is your favorite?



How do you spend rainy travel days?